Reports & Studies

Champlain Islands Trail Report

In February 2005, Islands stakeholders completed the Champlain Islands Trail Report to evaluate on- and off-road options in Grand Isle County, between the existing Island Line Trail to the south and Quebec's Route Verte to the north. The Rutland Railroad's abandoned Island Line corridor was a major focus of that report. The corridor is mostly in private ownership, the report's recommendations and conclusions are a result of extensive outreach to landowners. The study was managed by the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce and overseen by the Island Line Steering Committee. Download the current version of the report below. For info, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click a link below to download one of two versions of the report:

Champlain Islands Trail Report - 2005 (6 MB)


Lake Champlain Bikeway / Island Line Improvement Plan

In 2009, the Island Line Steering Committee completed and presented to County towns a new study based upon the opportunities and constraints identified in their previous report. Unfortunately, only a few sections of the Island Line were identified as having the potential for development as a rail-trail in the near term. As a result, the Lake Champlain Bikeway / Island Line Improvement Plan focused on improvements to the existing route through the Islands, the Lake Champlain Bikeway - specifically, the development of bicycle rest areas that would not only provide users with opportunities to stop and enjoy the lake and the spectacular views, but would also encourage riders to patronize local businesses, farm stands, and enjoy the area's natural attractions. In cooperation with the towns, the committee will also continue to pursue future opportunities to develop the railbed as they arise.  To view the report, click on the link below.

Lake Champlain Bikeway / Island Line Improvement Plan - 2009 (4 MB)


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